Sunday, October 16, 2005

Depression in America. Is medication the easy way out? - By chanele "therockstar" lovelace

Depression & Anxiety are words a lot of people throw around. I have talked to several people in the baby boomer generation who literally think its a trait for my generation to be labeled as depressed. That its one of the new fads and a excuse that my generation has for not putting in effort to manage when we are sad, mad or angry. Through my research I have had been told by a alarming amount of people who's heritage isn't rooted in America that its a American thing, pop pills to feel better. The easy way out and I have even been told that its an excuse to not parent your children. This is all prior to me doing to hard research on the facts. I can tell you that it seemed the majority felt that this whole depression and anxiety thing was just a hoax. So, I got on the Internet and called some therapist and was very startled to find out that America is the highest country of individuals that actually get a prescription for anti depressants & anxiety medication. Which does indeed back up the majority of those I have already talked to claims.

Yet, the interesting thing I found out is yes, we are the highest basically with a paper trails -- yet in a lot of other countries you can go down without a paper trail and purchase the prescription drug without a prescription. That the reason the facts show America in a dark light is because America is one of the few countries in which are being responsible and holding both doctors and patience accountable to make sure the right treatment is being given for the right illness. Illness, sickness, & disease is a very common word amongst both patients & doctors. A word I have grown to respect and is now second nature is saying when referring to these growing problems. Although allot of people who don't have these types of illness usually disregard it, as being a disease. I have learned that these are serious sickness' that need to be treated and acknowledged. Doctors have explained and shown me just as much if not more scientific proof proving depression and anxiety are diseases, as they do about proving HIV, Aids, Cancer ...Etc are diseases. Yes, I find the need to reinerate I have been shown just as much proof that anxiety and depression disorders are a disease. So, just as we wouldn't disregard. Cancer, nor should be disregard Anxiety & Depression disorders. It's not fair to just hear the words from my mouth. Admittedly it is hard to get people to talk on tape or camera about this sensitive subject. The stigma that has been portrayed by this "growing trend of pill popping lazy loonies" --AJay. Has made people shameful and hidden. Sounds very similar to gay/lesbian people coming out of the closet. However, I did a very impacting interview, that best displays the importance of both therapy and medication. That displays it isn't a hoax. Understandably Sharon age 29 from: as she describes a little bit of everywhere, would like to remain as anonymous as possible.

I would like to explain it is hard to get people to talk on tape or camera about this sensitive subject. The stigma that has been portrayed by this "growing trend of pill popping lazy loonies" --AJay. Has made people shameful and hidden. Sounds very similar to gay/lesbian people coming out of the closet.

Here is the interview verbatim:

Chanele "therockstar": If there isn't anything you don't want to answer feel free not to. Okay?.

Sharon: yeah

Chanele "therockstar": For the audience can you tell us, why are you taking medication and going to therapy?

Sharon: I have been diagnosed with Bi-polar disorder.

Chanele "therockstar":And what does that mean?

Sharon: My mood and feelings changes from being extremely happy and likeable to extremely depressed and suicidal.

Chanele "therockstar": and why is it because of a bad day, family issues boyfriend, what?

Sharon: honestly there isn't a reason for it. If am not taking my medication regularly the chemicals in my brain aren't balanced and I don't react to things normally.

Chanele "therockstar": What do you mean normally? Describe to me a situation.

Sharon: Well, I have had several bad situations but, the worse happened about a year ago, I found out my father had passed away and I became very light headed, dizzy and extremely angry. At that time I didn't know why I was so angry but, after having time to look back it was because he left me and I hadn't seen him since I was 10 years old and he had the nerve to up and die To leave me again but, this time forever. I was in a fog I went out to a party and refused to drink because for some reason I wanted to feel this anger. I went to the bathroom and threw up but when I went to the sink to wash my face. I punched the mirror broke it, picked up a big piece and started cutting deep into my thighs and arms. Not to kill myself to feel something anything other than being mad at him. I kept cutting until I woke up in a hospital bed strapped down. I didn't even remember it happening for 3 days it was like a dream where you only remember parts of it.

Chanele "therockstar": wow, how did your mom feel about this?

Sharon: She was angry, said I just wanted attention. A doctor there tried to recommend I go to a therapist since I tried to kill myself. I told him didn't want to kill myself, and my mom kept interrupting him saying no one tries to commit suicide they do or they don't. She didn't she just wanted attention. She always acts out.

Chanele "therockstar": Did you go to a therapist or doctor?

Sharon: They kept me under suicide watch at the hospital and I some counslor but, I just told them what they wanted to hear so I could go home.

Chanele "therockstar: Did anyone mention being Bi-polar?

Sharon: Yeah, but they also thought I was schizophrenic too. So, I figured I just had another bad day. The next month I was just so, happy I met a guy and when started dating. He was very understanding and didn't judge me. I figured I was so, happy because I was in love. Everyday I was super happy about everything, like a natural high.

Chanele "therockstar": So that is good doesn't sound like you suffer from depression.

Sharon: I was going into a manic mood change, I still had no focus I was still in a fog but, this was a happy fog. So no one cared. I was so happy and even though my grades were slipping and house cleaning wasn't getting done my mom and I was having the greatest relationship ever. We went out shopping which we hadn't done since I was young. I began to uncontrollably cry and couldn't stop. I didn't know why but, I was so sad. She then decided to take e to a therapist.

Chanele "therockstar": Did the therapist put you on medication immediately?

Sharon: Yes. I took it for 2 weeks and still felt the same. My boyfriend broke up with me and I stop taking the medication. One day I decided I wasn't going to leave my bed ever. I was going to stay there what was the point. My mom tried to talk to me and asked if I had been taking my pills I threw the bottle at her saying NO! I didn't eat or drink for 2 days, then I found a bottle vodka under my bed I drank all of it, about a litter. Then I began trashing my room throwing up and crying. It was a bad night my mom came home found me crying in a corner under a coffee table and took me to the hospital. Sharon: From then on I have been medicated and go to my therapist regularly.

Chanele "therockstar": So would you say the medication would work without the therapist?

Sharon: Yes because it is pill that balances out the chemicals in my brain. But, I still need someone to talk to. I don't feel I am ready to do it on my own.

From this interview of many with others very similar, should show that these are diseases that deserve to be acknowledge and treated as any other disease. With understanding, caring, compassion and no judgment.

written by: Chanele"theRockStar" Lovelace http://arockstarproduction.blogspot.com

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

It’s 11:00 in the morning and your energy is waning. Minutes seem to tick by like hours and your mind feels foggy. You’ve still got six more hours to look alert and act productive and get over performance anxiety, so how do you cope with the afternoon blahs? Follow these six tips!

1. If you have a job that involves sitting at a desk all day or staring at a computer screen, take five minutes to stand up or lean back, close your eyes and stretch, especially in your shoulder and leg areas. Being seated all the time can make your whole body feel stiff and sleepy. A good stretch session helps limber up your body and gets the blood flowing again.

2. Avoid the tempting lure of caffeine or sugar-laden foods such as coffee, tea or chocolate. Caffeine may perk up your energy levels temporarily, but it also has a bad habit of leaving you sluggish after the effect has worn off. Instead, choose whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables to give your body the fuel it really wants! Eating healthier will boost your mood, elevate your alertness, change performance anxiety and make you feel better all day long.

3. Along with healthier foods, take a quick 10-15 minute walk during your lunch break. Just a few minutes will give you a burst of energy that refreshes you and makes you feel more alert – while burning off your lunch calories in the process!

4. Sometimes, afternoon slumps can be your body’s way of telling you that it needs something. You may be feeling tired if your blood sugar is low (which happens especially after the effect of those caffeine and high sugar foods has worn off!). Packing a low calorie snack like graham crackers, granola, fruit or vegetable slices can give your body a boost and keep you from feeling hungry in the late afternoon and caving in to the urge to devour the entire contents of the vending machine after work!

5. Drowsiness is often a sign that you’re not getting enough water. Drinking more water throughout the day not only helps keep you awake, but also keeps you from feeling those hunger pangs that inevitably creep up in mid-morning. Taking a large sports bottle that you can drink from throughout the day is a great way to get your recommended eight glasses a day as well!

6. If afternoon fatigue is a recurring problem, it may be a side effect of medications you are taking. Allergy pills are well known culprits, as are some blood pressure and anxiety/depression medicines. Don’t try to circumvent these effects with caffeine, otherwise you’ll overload your body with stimulants while it’s already trying to deal with drowsiness, and you’ll feel mentally and physically exhausted. Instead, try a short 15-20 minute catnap. You’ll be surprised how refresh you’ll feel when you wake up! (Don’t try this at work though – I know it’s tempting!)

If you follow these tips on a regular basis, you’ll not only make it through the afternoon blahs, but you’ll also feel better physically and mentally, sleep better at night, and wake up rejuvenated and re-energized the next morning. Make it a GREAT day! performance anxiety

Anonymous said...

It’s 11:00 in the morning and your energy is waning. Minutes seem to tick by like hours and your mind feels foggy. You’ve still got six more hours to look alert and act productive and get over anxiety cure, so how do you cope with the afternoon blahs? Follow these six tips!

1. If you have a job that involves sitting at a desk all day or staring at a computer screen, take five minutes to stand up or lean back, close your eyes and stretch, especially in your shoulder and leg areas. Being seated all the time can make your whole body feel stiff and sleepy. A good stretch session helps limber up your body and gets the blood flowing again.

2. Avoid the tempting lure of caffeine or sugar-laden foods such as coffee, tea or chocolate. Caffeine may perk up your energy levels temporarily, but it also has a bad habit of leaving you sluggish after the effect has worn off. Instead, choose whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables to give your body the fuel it really wants! Eating healthier will boost your mood, elevate your alertness, change anxiety cure and make you feel better all day long.

3. Along with healthier foods, take a quick 10-15 minute walk during your lunch break. Just a few minutes will give you a burst of energy that refreshes you and makes you feel more alert – while burning off your lunch calories in the process!

4. Sometimes, afternoon slumps can be your body’s way of telling you that it needs something. You may be feeling tired if your blood sugar is low (which happens especially after the effect of those caffeine and high sugar foods has worn off!). Packing a low calorie snack like graham crackers, granola, fruit or vegetable slices can give your body a boost and keep you from feeling hungry in the late afternoon and caving in to the urge to devour the entire contents of the vending machine after work!

5. Drowsiness is often a sign that you’re not getting enough water. Drinking more water throughout the day not only helps keep you awake, but also keeps you from feeling those hunger pangs that inevitably creep up in mid-morning. Taking a large sports bottle that you can drink from throughout the day is a great way to get your recommended eight glasses a day as well!

6. If afternoon fatigue is a recurring problem, it may be a side effect of medications you are taking. Allergy pills are well known culprits, as are some blood pressure and anxiety/depression medicines. Don’t try to circumvent these effects with caffeine, otherwise you’ll overload your body with stimulants while it’s already trying to deal with drowsiness, and you’ll feel mentally and physically exhausted. Instead, try a short 15-20 minute catnap. You’ll be surprised how refresh you’ll feel when you wake up! (Don’t try this at work though – I know it’s tempting!)

If you follow these tips on a regular basis, you’ll not only make it through the afternoon blahs, but you’ll also feel better physically and mentally, sleep better at night, and wake up rejuvenated and re-energized the next morning. Make it a GREAT day! anxiety cure

Anonymous said...

Everyone has days when they are down, worn out, sign of anxiety and just not feeling all that happy.

That's OK, you need to have days like this, otherwise how would you know when you are happy. You need to have something to contrast your happiness with. What is black without white?

Even though you know that sadness (sign of anxiety) is a part of life, let's try to make it a small part of life.

With that said, here are a few tips to help you feel better when you are feeling down in the dumps. They are easy to do, easy to practice every day and they work!

1. Stand up straight, sit up straight. When your body is in alignment your energy can flow and when your energy is flowing freely, you can flow.

2. Smile! Yes, just smile. Easy to do and effective.

3. Repeat positive affirmations. Things like "I feel good", "Positive energy flows through my body", "I see the good in all".

4. Listen to some music that you like. It doesn't have to be anything specific, just something you enjoy. Certain types of music work better than others, but experiment and see what works for you. Studies have shown that Classical music and new age music work best.

5. Take some time out for yourself, relax and read a book, do something for yourself.

6. Meditate. Meditation is an excellent habit to develop. It will serve you in all that you do. If you are one who has a hard time sitting still, then try some special meditation CDs that coax your brain into the meditative state. Just search for "Meditation music" on Google or Yahoo and explore.

Our outside work is simply a reflection of our inside world. Remember there is no reality just your perception of it. Use this truth to your advantage. Whenever you are sad, realize that it is all in your mind and you do have the power to change your perception.

These tips will lift you up when you are down, but don't just use them when you are sad or sign of anxiety . Try and practice them everyday, make them a habit. You will be surprised at how these simple exercises will keep the rainy days away.

On a final note, if you are in a deep depression that you can't seem to shake, please go see a doctor. This is your life and don't take any chances. sign of anxiety

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Rhodiola Rosea, also known as Golden Root, is a native plant of arctic Siberia. For centuries it has been used by eastern European and Asian cultures for physical endurance, work productivity, longevity, resistance to high altitude sickness, and to treat fatigue, depression, anemia, impotence, gastrointestinal ailments, infections, and nervous system disorders.

The first recorded medicinal applications of rodia riza (renamed Rhodiola Rosea) was made by the Greek physician, Dioscorides, in 77 C.E. in 'De Materia Medica'. Rhodiola Rosea has been included in official Russian medicine since 1969.

Despite its long history, the Western world has only recently become aware of the health benefits of Rhodiola Rosea. It has come to the attention of many natural health practitioners because of studies which tested its affects on combating anxiety and stress.

Rhodiola Rosea is considered an adaptogen. This means it has an overall stabilizing effect on the body without disrupting other functions. Its ability to normalize hormones may be effective for treating depression and anxiety.

Studies of Rhodiola Rosea show that it stimulates neurotransmitters and enhances their effects on the brain. This includes the ability for the brain to process serotonin which helps the body to adapt to stress.

Since adaptogens improve the body's overall ability to handle stress, it has been studied to identify it's effects on biological, chemical and physical stress.

A study was performed to test the effects of Rhodiola Rosea when stress or stress article is caused by intense mental work (such as final exams). Such tests concluded that using Rhodiola Rosea improved the amount and quality of work, increasing mental clarity and reducing the effects of fatigue.

The effects of Rhodiola Rosea have also been tested on stress and anxiety from both physical and emotional sources. A report by the American Botanical Council states that "Most users find that it improves their mood, energy level, and mental clarity." They also report on a study that indicated Rhodiola Rosea could increase stress tolerance while at the same time protecting the brain and heart from the physical affects of stress.

This report included details of studies which highlight the overall health benefits of Rhodiola Rosea.

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